I am sickened by the upsurge in Israeli murders of Palestinians and denounce it with the strongest possible feelings of my heart. 31 souls at least have been killed by the IDF since Wednesday, 2 days ago.
Since Wednesday, 31 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli missile strikes, including 14 civilians, among them eight children, according to Palestinian officials. The youngest was a 6-month-old boy, Mohammed al-Borai, whose funeral was held Thursday.
Those killed include a 13 month old girl:
and a 6 month old boy as seen in this heart-wrenching story:
with several other children being killed as well, including 4 boys playing soccer and another onlooker:
Twelve people, including four children under 12, were killed in new Israeli air raids on the Gaza Strip last Thursday. The four boys were playing in a refugee camp. Israel’s all too familiar spin claimed that they were among the “militants”.
This horrible violence is taking place while the world stands by, barely whimpering in protest. At the same time Israel grows bolder and bolder. We see this as Matan Vilnai, deputy defence minister in Israel let slip what Israel is truly trying to do to Gaza. He said, “The more qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, they (the Palestinians) will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah (holocaust) because we will use all our might to defend ourselves.”
Isn’t that refreshing. It sheds light on the true relationship between Israel (the new Nazis) and Palestine (the new Jews) as one involving genocide. Thanks Vilnai, now we know Israel’s intentions at least. This in spite of a recent poll in the Haaretz showing that 64% of Israelis want their government to talk with Hamas to negotiate peace.
Sixty-four percent of Israelis say the government must hold direct talks with the Hamas government in Gaza toward a cease-fire and the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit. Less than one-third (28 percent) still opposes such talks.
Meanwhile, the USA continues to confound the world with its support of Israel in their murders:
In Tokyo, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met briefly with Olmert. She said the Hamas rocket attacks “need to stop,” but also expressed concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and urged calm on all sides.
“We have to remember that the Hamas activities there are responsible for what has happened in Gaza – the illegal coup that they led against the legitimate institutions of the Palestinian Authority,” she Rice told reporters after the meeting. “It is very clear where this started.”
Of course, this is a bold-faced lie. Hamas was the elected authority and it was Fatah that illegally voted for a new government against the principles and guidlines of the Palestinian Constitution. It is nice of her to express concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza, but her words mean nothing. Noone’s words mean nothing unless they condemn the brutal Israeli murders in the strongest terms possible.
There has been some fear among the Democratic Jewish voting block that Barack Obama will not pimp well enough for Israel of late. He has sought to allay their fears and seeks to build their confidence in him with this interview statement:
I know how much Israelis crave peace. I know that Prime Minister Olmert was elected with a mandate to pursue it. I pledge to make every effort to help Israel achieve that peace, although I will not try to dictate its terms.
The principles that will guide me are 1) that Israel’s security must be guaranteed; 2) that the status quo is unsustainable over time, and the best long-term guarantee of Israel’s security is a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians, if it can be achieved; and 3) that Israel has to remain a Jewish state and the Palestinian state must be viable.
But success is not guaranteed. Israel must have confidence that the Palestinian leadership is both committed to peace and is able to follow through on its commitments. So the approach we have to take with respect to negotiations is that you sit down and talk, but you have to suspend trust until you can see that the Palestinian side can follow through. That is a position I have consistently taken and will take with me to the White House.
Can you feel the hypocrisy oozing from his lips as he sells his soul to the devil? This is the man who once sat at the same table as Edward Said! He says Israel must be recognized as a Jewish State!!! I suppose he was censored then when he said that the minority Arab population within Israel’s borders can just go to hell then as second class citizens who do not hold the rights of the Jewish majority. Why does a secure Israel matter so much more than a secure Palestine? Who has less security now? Shouldn’t we even out the playing field and grant more security to Palestine? Barack Obama will be a failure as a President in the middle-east. Ralph Nader is the only one who is currently speaking good sense on this issue.
I’ll end here today with these insightful words from Tariq Al-maeena
While in Jerusalem recently, the US leader outlined his two-state vision that, critically translated, means the recognition of Israeli West Bank colonization, the preservation of Israel’s right to discriminate against non-Jews, and the creation of more sealed-off, “autonomous” Palestinian homelands.
This is in sharp contrast to the recent impatience demonstrated by the Americans and the EU to amputate a portion of a UN member state and accede to the demands of the Kosovar Albanians, who after having enjoyed almost nine years of UN administration and NATO protection, couldn’t be expected to wait any longer for their freedom, while the Palestinians, under a brutal occupation for over 40 years, are told that “any Palestinian independence, to be recognized and legally effective, must still be directly negotiated, on a wildly unequal bilateral basis, between the occupying power and the occupied people — and must be agreed to by the occupying power.”
This clearly demonstrates that for the US and the EU, the rights and wishes of a long-suffering and brutalized people, as well as international law, are irrelevant and these governments have shown unlimited and remarkable patience when it comes to condoning the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.
Virtually every legal resident of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip seeks freedom from occupation — and has for over 40 years. For doing so, they are punished, sanctioned, besieged, humiliated and, day after endless day, killed by those who claim to occupy the moral high ground.